Chickens are related to wild jungle birds and are prey animals (they’re hunted by other animals like foxes and badgers). Because of the dangers they’d face in the wild, chickens will try their best to hide any signs of illness so it can be tricky to tell when they have a health problem.
If you’re worried about one of your chickens, it’s always best to speak to your vet.
A health check for your chickens
It can be difficult to spot when your chickens need treatment so it’s important to get to know what’s normal for your birds. You can do this by watching them on a daily basis to get to know their habits and behaviour, as well as doing regular health checks.
Give your chickens a simple weekly examination, using the guidelines below: